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Shaquille Walker and Andrew Wheating announce their retirement from professional track. Walker, a 24-year old 800 meter runner just two years out of a stellar collegiate career with a world of middle distance potential, is moving on to focus on a career in dentistry, “a field Walker’s had in mind since he was 19, something that will give him the stability and freedom to spend more time with his family,” as written in an article on FloTrack. As for Wheating, his announcement comes after a 7 year pro career, 2 Olympics (Beijing and London), and NCAA Championships in both the 800 meters and 1500 meters. In a parting post on Facebook, he wrote, “To those who have supported me through the good and the bad, I love you. Thank you so much for the years of kind words, congratulations, and high fives.”
Related: Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey, in a post on Twitter, wrote I am already missing [Shaquille] at the track, & wish he came to a different outcome (he’s going to be a great dentist though), I encourage athletes to talk w/ him. His rationale is how I hope all athletes would approach their profession. Unconcealed, intentional & reverent.
Tori Bowie shares nutrition advice and how she gets the most from her meals. “When it comes to nutrition I keep it extremely simple. On a day-to-day basis I try to get most of my nutrients based upon the food pyramid — emphasizing the produce. Whether it’s fruit in a juiced smoothie or snacking on chopped cucumbers, I’ve found that both fruit and vegetables are great sources to staying hydrated. My strength coach makes it his duty to remind us of that often.” Read more nutrition tips at Eight top athletes share their nutrition tricks for a high-performing new year on ESPNW
Nick Symmonds and Carrie Tollefson connect for the latest episode of C Tolle Run. “Nick discusses his debut marathon at the 2017 Honolulu Marathon, life after professional racing and his passion for entrepreneurship.” Listen to the full session, Nick Symmonds: Push the Envelope on C Tolle Run
Christina Manning with the reflection and wisdom
So much can change in a year. Just trust the process. That job loss,heartbreak,health scare, injury, etc. took you out of your comfort zone but let that be the best thing that has ever happened to you, not the worst.— Manning, Christina A (@SheTheMann_ing) December 30, 2017
Get comfortable being uncomfortable and be a savage about it.
High Performance West director Jonathan Marcus caught up with the Brooks Beasts for their first big workout of the year. “As members of the Beasts circled the Dempsy track at breakneck speeds, propelling each other to memorable marks, multiple loud yells of encouragement for each runner was heard every rep.” Read his full report of the session, A Brooks Beasts Practice, on High Performance West
The Armory is Going to be ? ? ?
Stefanidi vs. Morris⠀ NEW YORK (USA): The Rio Olympic gold medalist Katerina Stefanidi and silver medalist Sandi Morris will renew their rivalry in a who’s who of pole vaulters at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center in New York on February 3. Four of the top seven vaulters in the world will be competing, with the inclusion of Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada. Added in the mix is world indoor record holder and Olympic champion Jenn Suhr. #london2017, #wicbirmingham2018, #runblogrun, #theshoeaddicts, #doha2019, #diamondleague,
Early Season Action
Breanna Sieracki ran a 9:43.1 3k rust buster at the Ohio State Classic / Buckeye Invitational. Rabbited by Rachel Weber, Sieracki came away with the W, writing on Instagram, “Legs forgot what a 3k feels like a little bit but I’m excited to redeem myself next race!”
How Impressive Was Camille’s 100 Mile Record?
As if that statement really needs qualifying, we think Esther Atkins put it best
Note to self. 100mi in 6 days is way harder than 105 in 7. (Side-note: my average pace was 7:37 - only 1sec faster than @runcamille 's 100mi that she ran this year in well under 13 hours. ) pic.twitter.com/c6ScYZGQNP— Esther Atkins (@ErbyAtkins) January 6, 2018
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